Hanoi (North of Vietnam) - arrival (D)
Arrival in Hanoi, welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport, then transfer to city center for hotel check-in. The rest of the day is free at leisure or your first exploration of the city. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in town. Overnight at hotel.
Hanoi/ City tour (B,L,D)
Full day of discovery of the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless grace. We start by visiting the fascinating Museum of Ethnology where display the costumes, tools, musical instruments, outlines and some typical houses of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam (closed on Mondays). We then visit the Temple of Literature that is the "first university of Vietnam", and Tran Quoc pagoda the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi.
Visit Ngoc Son temple of Hoan Kiem Lake. A walk through the streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter will allow you to fully understand the local life of the capital. In the evening, attending the Water Puppet Show. Overnight at hotel.
Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Around 8h00, meet your guide and driver at hotel to depart for Halong Bay (Vinh Ha Long) along the Red River. Arrival at Halong around 12h00, board the junk for an exploration of the Bay in the next 24 hours.
We visit the caves during the cruise. Seafood dinner on board and served by the excellent team of the cruise. A sweet night aboard at your comfortable private cabin.
Halong - Hanoi (B,L,D)
Visit the fishing village or Luon cave. Continuation of the cruise in Halong Bay among the innumerable islets. Around 11h30, return to the pier and drive back to Hanoi.
On the way, visit the But Thap pagoda. Arrival at Hanoi at around 17h00, the rest of the day in Hanoi is free for your own activities or for your own discovery. Dinner at local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi - Flight to Luang Prabang (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Luang Prabang, the old and the first capital of the kingdom of Lane Xang and also the center of the religious life of Laos.
The city is a delight and a haven accentuated by its semi-colonial architecture, surrounding the tropical vegetation and extreme languor.
Visit the most beautiful temples in the city and surrounding areas (Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, Wat Xiengthong, Mount Phou Si ...). Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B,L,D)
Take a boat trip upstream the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave. Stop at the Ban Muangkeo village, famous for its rice whiskey called "Lao- Lao".
Lunch at a restaurant at the edge of the river. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, visit Ban Xangkhong village, specializing in the production of paper and silk.
Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall (B,L,D)
Today we will visit Kuang Si Waterfall, amid the lush vegetation. Stop on the road to visit the Talad Phosy fruit market, the Ban Na Oune village inhabited by Hmong, Ban Tha Pane of Kh'mu. Picnic lunch near the Kuang Si Waterfall.
Rest in nature. Opportunity to swim in the water - cold enough. Return to Luang Prabang and visit the night market H'mong. Overnight at hotel.
Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart for Vang Vieng, a quiet small town on the banks of the Nam Song River. Stop over on the way to visit Phoukhoune and its bustling market.
Lunch in a local restaurant in Kasi. Depending on the conditions and traffic of the road, we arrive at Vang Vieng in the afternoon or late afternoon. Vang Vieng has many ethnic villages surrounding the city. Walk around the bustling central market. Then a small boat excursion on the river Samsung will give you a taste of a fresh adventure. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Vientiane. Located along the Mekong River, this capital will offer the exotic images with a curious mix of influences Laotian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and French. Arrival in Vientiane around noon. Visit Xieng Khuan Buddha Park on the outskirts of Vientiane (28km in the east of Vientiane). This site features hundreds of statues of Hindu gods and Buddha.
We go to see the villages along the Mekong enjoying the lovely views of gardens, tobacco plantations, etc. It's nice to take some photos and see the rural life of the local people. We also have a beautiful view of the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong River, which is also the border post overlooking Thailand.
After visiting the Buddha Park, we return to Vientiane in the evening. Overnight in Vientiane.
Vientiane/ Visit (B,L,D)
Visit Vientiane: Wat Sisaket, the oldest and most beautiful temple in Vientiane, Ho Prakeo, the royal temple, Luang Stupa, the most revered shrine in Laos and finally Patouxay (Arc de Triomphe).
Overnight in Vientiane.
Vientiane - Flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia) (B,L,D)
Morning, the guide pick up you at hotel and transfer to Luang Prabang airport for flight to Siem Reap, the former capital of Cambodia, where we will discover the priceless heritage of Khmer empire: the temple of Roluos Group(19th century), the ancient Haralaya Hari, the first Angkor situated 20km away in the south-east.
Enjoying the Apsara dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Siem Reap - Angkor Thom - Angkor Wat (B,L,D)
In the morning, visit Angkor Thom (Great City) beginning with the South Gate, the famous Bayon (dated from 12th and 13th century), Baphuon (11th century), dedicated to Brahmanism, the Terrace of Elephants, Terrace of Leper King, Phimean Akas (heavenly Palace).
Afternoon, discovery of the wonderful temple of Angkor Wat, World Heritage and Phnom Bakheng Temple (mountain). Overnight at hotel.
Siem Reap/ Small Circuit & Grand Tour (B,L,D)
Breakfast, visit the temples included in the "Small Circuit" group: Ta Prohm, where the gigantic trees dominate the monastery, trapping the ruins of their impressive roots as would giant octopus with tentacles to keep their prey.
Continue to visit Thommanon, Chau Say Teveda, Ta Keo, Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang terrace.
Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of Baray Oriental sites "Grand Circuit": Pre Rup, Mebon, Tasom, Neak Pean, Preah Khan. Overnight at hotel.
Siem Reap - Beng Melea (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you visit the Temple of Beng Melea, located 60km east of the city (2 hours by road). It was built in the early 11th century, following the model of Angkor Wat by Jayavarman VII. This area is only accessible to the public since 2010! Rough road presents beautiful countryside. Few tourists go to the temple which provides adventure yet.
Picnic lunch. In the afternoon: transfer to Koh Keh for the visits. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap - Phnom Penh (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Phnom Penh by car. Stopover for a rest. On the way visit the carving stone and the Kuha Nokor temple. Overnight at hotel in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh - Chau Doc (South Vietnam) (B,L,D)
In Phnom Penh, we visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Russian market.
In the afternoon, you will take a speedboat from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc. Meeting at arrival by our local guide and driver at the pier of Chau Doc, then transfer to the center of town and night in Chau Doc.
Chau Doc - Can Tho (B,L,D)
In the morning, a boat trip to visit a famous fishing village for raising the fish in their homes. The fish are cultivated in the suspended cages under floating houses on the river. Continuation of the trip with a visit to Cham minority houses.
Back to the land, then drive to Can Tho. Arrive in Can Tho in the afternoon, dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Can Tho.
Can Tho - Saigon (B,L,D)
Early morning, we take a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest and busiest floating market in the Mekong Delta. The sightseeing is beautiful: hundreds of sampans filled with rice engines, fruits and handicrafts gather to exchange and trade.
Then we go to the orchards and have the opportunity to taste fresh fruit picked on spot. Visit the Binh Thuy ancient house before returning to Saigon in the afternoon. Visit on the way the Long Dinh mat village. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Saigon - Cu Chi - Tay Ninh - Saigon (B,L,D)
Departure to visit the site of Cu Chi Tunnels, located 60 km away from the center of the city. This is a very complex network of underground, 250km long was dug night and day by the people and the guerrillas during the war against the Americans.
Then drive to Tay Ninh where we visit the Cao Dai Temple. We will have the opportunity to participate in a religious ceremony that takes place every day at noon. Very colorful and unique, this temple is the center of the Cao Dai religion in Vietnam. The saints are Jesus, Buddha and legendary people like Victor Hugo, Nguyen Binh Khiem and Churchill! Back to Saigon in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Saigon.
Saigon - City Tour (B,L,D)
Today, get ready for a whole day to discover the city. We begin with the district of Cho Lon to discover the old quarters of its market, Thien Hau pagoda and Giac Lam Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the city, its architecture, its layout and decoration remained almost intact since its construction in 1744!
Back to the city center to visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office. In the afternoon we will visit the Reunification Palace and finish the day with Ben Thanh Market. Overnight at hotel.
Saigon - Departure (B)
Free time for your shopping or exploring the city until transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your departure. The room must check out at 12:00 AM.